Friday, April 06, 2012

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

When I saw the title for the House of the Seven Gables Lecture Series for 2012, I could not help relating to the topic.  I hope you enjoy learning about yet another wonderful set of events taking place right here in Salem, MA, and I hope to see you here, or there.

Mark your calendar, and if you do plan to attend any of these lectures and want or need to spend the night before, or the night of, here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, please mention this post for a 10% Social Media discount on your room.  Or, you can say "Juli says. . . "





Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00p.m

“Power Dressing” in the 18th Century:  Who Did It, How, and Why  Presented by Beverly Wolov of Bethesda, Maryland, guest photographer and researcher of lace at The Smithsonian. Wolov holds a master’s degree in History of Decorative Arts from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.
Who were the fashion mavens of 18th century New England?  How and why did they “strut their stuff”?

Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.  

Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Her Spirited Heroines  Presented by Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Associate Professor of English at Salem State University.  Catharine Maria Sedgwick, a member of the distinguished Sedgwick family of Massachusetts, made her own mark as a writer. Her spirited fictional heroines defied the stereotypical conduct of women during her time. In her final novel, Married or Single (1857), she argued boldly that women should not marry if it meant that they would lose their self-respect.              

Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Susannah Ingersoll and Her Role in the Business Community  Presented by Robin Woodman, Assistant for Harvard Art Museum Archaeological Exploration of the Sardis, Turkey Expedition. She is also a volunteer at The House of the Seven Gables.

Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Sophia Peabody and Her Sisters  Presented by Megan Marshall, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and Pulitzer finalist for her book, The Peabody Sisters, Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism. This landmark book won wide critical acclaim. Her focus for this lecture will be on Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, wife of Nathaniel.

 AUGUST – No Lecture

Saturday, September 22nd, 2:00 p.m.   – (This is ‘Trails & Sails’ Weekend.) 

The Strike for Bread and Roses, Lawrence, 1912   Presented by professional storyteller Sharon Kennedy, this lecture and performance will highlight the role of young girls in the fight for better working conditions in the textile mills of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912.

OCTOBER – No Lecture
Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m.  

The Women in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Life  Louise B. Swiniarski, Education Department Professor at Salem State University, will focus  on Elizabeth Peabody:  her work, friends, and the literary salon she hosted on West Street in Boston.  She will also discuss Elizabeth’s relationship with her sister Sophia, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s wife.

Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Out of the Parlor and Into the Light  Pianist Jacquelyn Schwab will perform vintage 19th century American parlor music, including Stephen Foster and Civil War songs, hymns, spirituals, and ballroom dances. Schwab is best known for her performances on Ken Burns’ Grammy award-winning Civil War documentary, as well as the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain documentaries on public television.

Members $10.00 & non-members $15.00
Reservations recommended
978-744-0991  ext. 130

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